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Wolfeboro man accused of shooting, burying moose

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Wolfeboro man has been arrested after officials said he illegally shot and buried a moose on his property. Barry Caswell of York Road was charged with taking a moose out of season, a Class B misdemeanor, and forced to pay $1,000 restitution to the state. Acting on an anonymous tip from the Operation Game Thief program, Fish and Game officers with the Wolfeboro police responded to Caswell’s house, where …

Cops: Child-rape suspect vowed to kill his accuser

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A man suspected of child-rape and committing crimes across the country after snipping off his court-ordered ankle bracelet had an “ultimate goal” of returning to Massachusetts to kill his 13-year-old accuser, the Massachusetts State Police said yesterday, hours after he was captured in New York. The police said Gregory Lewis, 26, of Southbridge …

Russian rocket engines suspected in launch blast

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Crews searched for scorched wreckage along the Virginia coast yesterday in hopes of figuring out why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded in a blow to NASA’s strategy of using private companies to fly supplies and, eventually, astronauts to the International Space Station. The 140-foot Antares rocket, operated by Orbital Sciences Corp., blew up …

Students clean up after mayhem near Keene Pumpkin Festival

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Keene State College students quickly cleaned up from a chaotic weekend yesterday after violent parties near the city’s annual pumpkin festival led to destruction, dozens of arrests and multiple injuries. The parties around the school coincided with the …

Police hunt for clues near where Va. remains found

Sunday, October 19, 2014

After finding remains that could be University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, authorities interviewed nearby Charlottesville, Va., residents and picked through leaves on the side of a sparsely populated highway, searching for any clues or evidence. Forensic tests …

Arbitrator’s ruling details Weare officer’s contested departure

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Nearly one year ago to the day, police officers in Weare gathered to meet the man who had just been appointed to lead them out of years of disparaging lawsuits, questionable tactics and a still all-too-raw drug bust gone deadly. One officer was tardy: Frank Jones. Jones, a …

Missouri: Officials: Evidence supports Ferguson police officer’s account

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Forensic evidence shows Michael Brown’s blood on the gun, uniform and inside the car of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, law enforcement officials said, information they believe potentially corroborates the officer’s story that the unarmed 18-year-old tried to take his gun. The evidence will make it harder for …

Cops: Remains may be those of missing UVa. student

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Searchers found human remains yesterday that could be those of a University of Virginia sophomore who has been missing since Sept. 13, the police said. Further forensic tests are needed to confirm whether the remains are those of …

Florida man gets life in prison in loud music killing

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Florida man convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a teenager in an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store was sentenced yesterday to life in prison without parole. The life sentence imposed by Circuit …

Weare police Chief John Velleca offers resignation; AG releases report on assault accusations

Friday, October 17, 2014

Weare police Chief John Velleca has moved to resign amid claims that he assaulted his secretary and brief romantic partner, despite an announcement yesterday by the state that there is no clear evidence of criminal wrongdoing. The findings …

Concord home invader sentenced to four years in prison, admits to threatening teens

Friday, October 17, 2014

A 23-year-old man pleaded guilty yesterday to breaking into a Concord home this spring and threatening two adolescents inside with a BB gun as he and another man hunted for cash and other items. Benjamin Boynton of Franklin pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery. As part …

Supreme Court rejects appeal of man who shot officer

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A man convicted of attempted murder in the 2012 shooting of a Manchester police officer had his appeal rejected yesterday by New Hampshire’s highest court. Myles Webster’s lawyer had argued that the release of Webster’s booking photo five …

New Hampshire jury convicts reputed cartel member

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A federal jury yesterday convicted a man of working with others to expand the cocaine-trafficking empire of one of the world’s most notorious drug networks into northern New England and Europe. The jury convicted Rafael Humberto Celaya Valenzuela, a member of Mexico’s violent Sinaloa cartel, of conspiracy to …